Assuming the contract negotiations pan out, Earthlink has been chosen to build a citywide Wi-Fi network for the city of Houston. Houston's proposed 600-square-mile service area will make the mesh Wi-Fi deployment the largest in North America, according to the company.
"This is a very important initiative for Houston as it will bring the consumer cost of broadband down significantly and already has," says Mayor Bill White (any locals know what he's talking about?). "It will provide a scarce resource to help our low-income households have access, benefiting students at home, helping telecommuters for whom childcare or transportation creates limitations, and benefiting telemedicine in the future. Houston's workforce will be more productive," White insists.
I believe the reason Earthlink is doing all these Wi-Fi deployment services over WiFi is because they want to have a last mile they can control. Meaning they will push customers over from DSL to wireless which they can benefit from the cost savings and Earthlink can slowly start eliminating DSL customers to WiFi customers.
That way they also have room for expansion in speed's unlike DSL which currently while ADSL2+ is nice WiFi can currently and probably deliver more and at a cheaper cost.
It seems that companies are starting to realize that the last mile is truly a mess and that the easiest way for them to reach there customer's without ever having to worry on laying expensive systems and using wireless. They can lay something that's sold almost on every laptop today and some desktop's. Which is why I believe Earthlink chose WiFi, and once 802.11N could upgrade to that with backward compatibility with 802.11B/G devices.
The age of DSL is slowly going away, might as well sell my ADSL2+ modem before it's worth less than the socks I am wearing. -- The only limits we have are the one's we set ourselves.
2007-Feb-13 5:26 pm: ·
viperm Carpe Diem Premium join:2002-07-09 Winchester, CA
See what no one understands is if the contiue using Tropos stoff the most ANYONE will see on an 802.11b network will be 5.5 megs over the air. Now load up all the nodes with all those "DSL" customers its going to bog down miserably trying to share 5.5 megs to say TOPS 30 cusotmers if your lucky. You do the math NOT ENOUGH BANDWIDTH.. -- ComTrain Certified Tower Climber. American Tower Certified approved contractor
I never really tried having several wireless computers transmit all at once. But to be fair capacity is not that much of an issue since WiFi only covers a small area.
But the last thing we all need to see is a Linksys dangling from it's power cable from a tower and basically that's where your internets is coming from.
I am sure in all honesty though think Earthlink has some sort of solution towards that problem otherwise they would not be deploying such networks unless they had money to literally throw away. -- The only limits we have are the one's we set ourselves.
Unlike other Muni-Fi deals, the project is not being funded by city taxes rather Earthlink is footing the bill and recouping the cost by selling access (to local ISP's > consumer) and through ad revenue.
"The agreement sets a wholesale rate of $12 per subscriber per month, which the builder of the network would sell to various Internet service providers, White said. Those ISPs would add a profit margin to the base price and sell access to residents and businesses."
I didn't see where advertisements came in. I just read that Houston builds it ($60 million contract), Earthlink sells it's bandwidth wholesale to other local ISP's (maybe startups?) for $12/month per subscriber, the local ISP's put a price on top for profit margin, and the city of Houston re-coups the cost by getting a 3% cut of revenue.